Vandal-hit garages to be demolished after year’s delay

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DERELICT garages which have been used as an underage drinking den are finally to be demolished – nearly a year after council chiefs approved the clearance plans.

The vacant garages in Blackthorn Grove, Lenzie, were judged to be dangerous last year, with council officers erecting safety fencing around them.

However, sections of the fencing were pulled down and vandalised, with the lock-ups continuing to be a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

The initial news that they were to be demolished came as a relief to fed-up residents, who were also hoping to benefit from extra parking created in their place.

But since then there have been a number of delays – thought to include problems getting a demolition warrant and dealing with safety issues.

Lenzie and Kirkintilloch South councillor Gillian Renwick said: “The demolition has been delayed and delayed – the latest problem is getting someone in to remove the asbestos.

“The residents have waited literally years to get rid of these dangerous and unsightly garages and were promised it would happen almost a year ago.”

Last week Grace Irvine, head of the council’s assets and property services, insisted that progress was being made and the demolition would be carried out soon.

She told the Herald: “We have now completed planning and investigation works and have the appropriate building warrant in place.

“We are about to notify residents of our plans to ensure that all garages are emptied and once this process is complete the demolition works will begin with the site being completely cleared shortly afterwards.”

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